Friday, March 16th 2007

Sapphire Announces PURE Innovation AMD 690G HDMI Motherboard

Sapphire today announced its AMD 690G/SB600-based motherboard, the PURE Innovation HDMI PI-AM2RS690MHD. The new PURE Innovation HDMI board supports AMD processors designed for Socket AM2. It also has four memory slots supporting DDR2-800/667/533 modules with maximum capacity of 8GB. Sapphire’s PURE Innovation HDMI board is based on the AMD 690G chipset with integrated Vista Premium certified graphics and DVI-D, HDMI, TV plus VGA outputs capabilities. The HDMI output is HDMI 1.2 compliant with support for HDCP and output resolutions up to 1080p. Other expansion slots include one PCIe x1 and 2x PCI slots, 10x USB 2.0, 1x PATA133 and 4x SATA 3.0Gbps ports. Integrated HD Dolby Digital Live audio with eight-channel analog and S/PDIF audio output as well as Gigabit Ethernet and two IEEE 1394 ports are also presented.

Source: Sapphire
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14 Comments on Sapphire Announces PURE Innovation AMD 690G HDMI Motherboard

#1
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Sweet. First board out that uses the new chipset from AMD. Only thing, no PCIe16x for upgrading graphics.
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#2
dmce
I dont think its the first. There are loads of 690G boards out(announced):

Asus V3-M2A690G AM2 Barebone ATI Radeon X1250
Asus P1-M2A690G AM2 Barebone ATI Radeon X1250
Asus P2-M2A690G AM2 Barebone ATI Radeon X1250
ECS AMD690GM-M2 AM2 micro ATX ATI Radeon X1250
Gigabyte GA-MA69G-S3 AM2 ATX ATI Radeon X1250
Gigabyte GA-MA69GM-S2 AM2 micro ATX ATI Radeon X1250
Biostar TA690G-AM2 AM2 micro ATX ATI Radeon X1250
Jetway M2A692-GHG AM2 micro ATX ATI Radeon X1250
Jetway M2A692-GDG AM2 micro ATX ATI Radeon X1250
Sapphire PI-AM2RS690MH AM2 micro ATX ATI Radeon X1250
Sapphire PI-AM2RS690MHD AM2 micro ATX ATI Radeon X1250
PCPartner RS690MKM-AB1S AM2 micro ATX ATI Radeon X1250
Albatron KI-690-AM2 AM2 mini ITX ATI Radeon X1250
EPoX AT690G Pro AM2 ATX ATI Radeon X1250
EPoX AT690G-M AM2 ATX ATI Radeon X1250
EPoX AT690V-M AM2 ATX ATI Radeon X1250
Asus M2A-VM AM2 micro ATX ATI Radeon X1250
Asus M2A-VM HDMI AM2 micro ATX ATI Radeon X1250
Asus V2-M2A690G AM2 Barebone ATI Radeon X1250
MSI K9AGM2-FIH AM2 micro ATX ATI Radeon X1250
MSI K9AGM3-FD AM2 micro ATX ATI Radeon X1250
MSI K9AG Neo2 Digital-F AM2 ATX ATI Radeon X1250
Foxconn A690GM2MA-8EKRS2H AM2 micro ATX ATI Radeon X1250
Foxconn A690GM2MA-8KRS2H AM2 micro ATX ATI Radeon X1250
Foxconn A690GM2MA-RS2H AM2 micro ATX ATI Radeon X1250
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#3
Zubasa
by: WarEagleAU
Sweet. First board out that uses the new chipset from AMD. Only thing, no PCIe16x for upgrading graphics.
Pretty much all new mobo come with at lease 1 PCI-E X16 slot.
Well, the whole point of 690G is for the top onboard graphics.
I guess a plain 690 mobo is good enough if you are going to use a graphic card.:D
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#4
GLD
I want one of these boards. So sexy and white. I have a matx case just waiting for it. I think I would actually make the move to AM2 and ddr2 because of this board, and slap a Sapphire video card in it of course. :respect:
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#5
tkpenalty
...*bashes himself* I should have went AMD...
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#6
W1zzard
got one of these on the testbench .. review definitely this week
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#7
GLD
by: W1zzard
got one of these on the testbench .. review definitely this week
I am SO jealous! The Sapphire motherboards haven't been the easiest to come by here in the states. You can find them, but they not as plentiful as other brands. I haven't bought a Sapphire mobo. yet, but this one looks to be one to have, imo. I am a fan of good matx boards. ( I need to post some pics of my Antec NSK1300 rig.) I hope Newegg gets these in, soon.

I look forward to your review W1zzard. :)
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#8
dmce
Any plans to have a good look at HD playback? Specifically 1080p? TBH, i dont think it will cope going by other reviews of this chipset
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#9
W1zzard
by: dmce
Any plans to have a good look at HD playback? Specifically 1080p? TBH, i dont think it will cope going by other reviews of this chipset
i can sure do that. suggest a methodology of tests for hd playback
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#10
Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
by: W1zzard
got one of these on the testbench .. review definitely this week
yes please make the reveiw amazing...

some questions is it x16 bandwidth does it oc well? onboard oc options? can you connect standard ide hdd's? peta confuses me thanks a bunch w1zz.
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#11
W1zzard

oc is better than most other rs690 boards but not like super high
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#12
Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
ht at 1500?stable? are the oc options decent what about v options?
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#13
dmce
by: W1zzard
i can sure do that. suggest a methodology of tests for hd playback
I would love to suggest a methodology, but dont have the time to do a bit of research first. Could you test it with a 5000+ cpu (or there abouts). Some generic results would be more than enough, to see if playback drops frames etc.

There are some clips here:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/musicandvideo/hdvideo/contentshowcase.aspx
http://www.apple.com/quicktime/guide/hd/

I cant comment on whether these are considered easier or harder to play files for 1080p. Do you have Blue-Ray or HDDVD drives to test an actual movie?

Sorry this isnt a great testing method but its something.
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#14
Mev
I have just purchased this motherboard along with the AMD Athlon 64x2 3.0 ghz Dual-Core Processor 6000+, 3gb Ram (DDR2 533)..It will arrive in the morning and i cant wait to test it out..i'll post some of my findings asap..:)
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